Diversity and inclusion are firmly anchored in our corporate culture and are key drivers to our business success.
We chose this category because we believe that everyone’s differences should be celebrated and that a positive and inclusive culture inspires creativity and innovation. Diversity and inclusion are crucial for promoting an environment where all people can develop and grow to their full potential. We feel that it is imperative for all companies to support, respect and retain talented people, regardless of their gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, race, and religious belief.
Since entering the New Zealand market in 1998, Vodafone has been on a learning journey to embed Māori language, knowledge and culture in our business with the goal of building long-term and meaningful relationships with Māori as Tangata Whenua of Aotearoa, New Zealand. We also have a very diverse workforce and customer base, and are proud to support inclusion initiatives via our employee networks. These include Mana Wahine (women in tech), Te Hā Whero (Vodafone NZ's kapa haka team), VoChi (Vodafone Chinese), Rainbow Whānau (LGBTIQ+), our Pasifika network and Salaam (Muslim network).
To help improve the lives of young people in NZ, we invest $2 million each year in the Vodafone Aotearoa Foundation, a charitable trust with a vision of an Aotearoa New Zealand where all young people have access to the resources and opportunities they need to thrive. The Foundation is on a 10 year, $20 million journey to reduce the number of excluded and disadvantaged rangatahi in Aotearoa.